Police in Jinja are holding 30-year- old Peter Kabangala for allegedly conning dozens of parents with promises of sponsoring their children. Kabangala was picked up on Saturday last week on a tip off by the Mafubira Sub county LC III chairperson, Hamis Kiganira.
By the time of his arrest, Kabangala had gathered 178 children from several districts across the country. Kabangala has reportedly been mobilizing the children through radio adverts with promises of paying their tuition and catering from their welfare even during holidays.
He would ask each parent to pay Shillings 70,000 to help them find a sponsor for the children. Kiganira says he tipped off police after seeing the minors up in a wooden house without attending any lessons since July.
According to Kiganira, the suspect was first arrested in May when parents from Mayuge approached him accusing him of failing to educate their children after soliciting Shillings 100,000 in registration fees from them.
Kiganira says the suspect is accused of conning parents from as far as Mukono, Buikwe, Kamuli, Jinja and Bugiri districts.
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Lawrence Bogere, a parent from Nakabango village, says he paid Kabangala Shillings 280,000 to register his four children. He wants the Education and Sports Ministry to intervene in the matter.
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Amina Muluya who looking at the children on behalf of Kabangala, says that her boss was not straight and when she inquired on when the children will start studying, he fled.
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The Kiira Region Police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula confirmed the arrest of the suspect but declined to divulge details, saying they will provide a full report to the media after investigations.